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The Villa Council Presents
Approaching the Oresteia
(performance and discussion)

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

Director David Muse of Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan University, and a company of local actors collaborate to present highlights from Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy. This staged reading with scholarly commentary captures the key themes and events of this great tragedy, of which this summer's outdoor production of Agamemnon represents the first third. Agamemnon, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, premieres in the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater on September 4, 2008, with previews on August 28, 29, and 30. Tickets go on sale on June 30.

About the Oresteia Trilogy
The Oresteia by Aeschylus (525 B.C.–456 B.C.) is the sole surviving trilogy by an ancient Greek playwright and one of the greatest achievements of the Western theater. The first play in the trilogy, Agamemnon, tells the story of the murder of Agamemnon, King of Mycenae and leader of the Greeks who conquered Troy, by his treacherous queen, Clytemnestra. The second play, The Libation Bearers, details the bloody vengeance of Orestes, the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. The third play, The Eumenides, portrays Orestes' atonement for his matricide.

About David Muse
David Muse is associate artistic director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He has developed and directed plays as varied as Julius Caesar, Frankie and Johnny, and The Bluest Eye. He was recently named Outstanding Emerging Artist both by the National Theatre Conference and by the Washington, D.C., mayor's office.

About Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak is professor of classical studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek at Wesleyan University. He has held visiting professorships at UCLA, Dartmouth, Princeton, and the Yale School of Drama. Szegedy-Maszak is the author of numerous books and articles on photography and on picturing the ancient world.

About the Villa Council
Founded in 2001, the Villa Council is comprised of dedicated supporters of the arts who believe strongly in the mission and goals of the Getty Villa. The unifying thread among the members of the Villa Council is their enthusiasm for the ancient world. The Getty Villa occupies a unique position among cultural institutions in this country as a center for the study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. The Villa Council aims to support a variety of interdisciplinary programs at the Getty Villa, including education, exhibitions, conservation, lectures, theater, and research.

David Muse and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

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